Nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna resume constructively despite tensions



High-ranking diplomats from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and China have resumed negotiations in Vienna on Monday in an attempt to reactivate the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Although the initial signs did not seem promising when it was learned that the Iranian and American diplomats were not going to speak directly to each other, the will to find a diplomatic solution was evident on all sides, said the European Union diplomat Enrique Mora, one of the coordinators of the conversations.

According to Mora, the Iranian negotiating team agreed to build on the results of the previous six rounds of talks and demonstrated “new political sensitivities,” the DPA news agency reported.

Likewise, the European diplomat has stated that a group would begin to discuss the lifting of US sanctions this Tuesday, while another would begin work on possible de-escalation measures by Iran. “It seems positive to me that we can do important things in the coming weeks,” he added.

In this regard, Iran’s main negotiator in Vienna, Ali Baqeri Kani, pointed out at the end of Monday’s meeting that all participants have agreed that the elimination of sanctions should be the focus of the talks. TV.

In this way, he has shown his optimism about the round of negotiations and has reiterated that a working group will begin this Tuesday to address the “elimination of illegal and brutal sanctions.”

“I think it is a great achievement that all member states (…) accepted Iran’s legitimate request and that the status of the US regime’s illegal sanctions against our people should first be clarified and then other issues discussed,” he said.

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For her part, US State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter has not shared the “optimistic” position of the rest of the participants in the talks and has stressed that these are carried out indirectly with Iran.

“From the beginning, the (President Joe) Biden Administration has been consistent, and we have also been sincere and steadfast in pursuing a meaningful path of diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with the agreement and also to address our entire range. of concerns with Iran, “he continued.

“A mutual return to compliance with the agreement is the best option to restrict Iran’s nuclear program and also provide a platform to address its destabilizing behavior. And of course, if Iran demands more or happens to offer less, these negotiations will not be successful. “, he has finally warned.

The resumption of the Vienna talks on the 2015 nuclear agreement took place this Monday, after more than three months without contact with the new government after the arrival to the Presidency of the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi.

Iran announced the withdrawal of its commitments on several of the points of the 2015 nuclear agreement after the United States left the pact, although the Iranian authorities have defended that these steps can be reversed if Washington withdraws the sanctions and returns to the agreement.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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